One of Belgium's Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Magritte Museum is devoted to the works of Belgian surrealist René Magritte, whose innovative creations are said to have influenced artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.
Visitors can discover the works of the Belgian surrealist on a self-guided tour, opt for an audio guide to learn more about Magritte’s life and artistic influences, or purchase a combination ticket including entrance to the neighboring Fin-de-Siècle Museum and the Old Masters Museum. Entrance to the museum is included with the Brussels Card, while Brussels hop-on hop-off tours stop right outside.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Visitors may be required to undergo a security check upon entrance, and large bags and backpacks should be checked in the cloakroom.
- On-site facilities include restrooms, a museum shop, and a museum café.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Magritte Museum is located on Place Royale in central Brussels, just opposite the Palais Royal de Bruxelles and surrounded by some of the city’s most prestigious art museums. The museum is well served by public transport, with the Gare Centrale train station a seven-minute walk away, the Palais and Royale tram stops nearby, and the Parc metro station a scenic 10-minute walk away, through the Parc de Bruxelles.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily, all year round. The quietest time to visit is on a weekday, but those wanting to take in the surrounding museums should be aware that many are closed on Mondays.
Highlights of the Magritte Museum
The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 200 of Magritte’s works, including oil paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, photography, and short films. It’s the largest archive of the artist’s work in the world and features favorites such as The Return, Sky Bird, and Empire of Light, as well as numerous paintings featuring Magritte’s trademark bowler hats and birds.